Connecting Matters for Better, Faster eDiscovery

A healthcare provider needed help simplifying ESI hosting for a complex series of 14 related matters across 9 states (and growing). Lighthouse went above and beyond—providing a unified workflow from hosting to review.

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Key Actions

  • Quickly migrated 11M documents from existing Relativity and non-Relativity databases into a single repository, supported by AI 
  • Created one sophisticated workflow—from ESI storage to managed review—for over 14 matters across 9 states (and any other matters that arise in the future)
  • Leveraged advanced technology to facilitate data re-use, data reduction, and review efficiency 

Key Results

  • Avoided duplicate collections, hosting, and review of 1.2M documents  
  • Instantaneously provided production sets to all 14 matters, giving local counsel time to focus on unique matter documents before production 
  • Set case teams up for success in future matters with a readymade data repository, workflow, and trained review team—exponentially increasing the client’s ROI 

Data Everywhere and No One to Turn To 

A large healthcare provider was facing a growing number of separate but related litigations. With 14 ongoing matters in 9 different jurisdictions, the company’s data was spread out across multiple ESI vendors and a variety of review databases. The hosting costs of this data sprawl was threatening to explode the company’s overall budget. And with each case team and vendor taking their own approach to case strategy and review, in-house counsel was busy herding cats rather than managing overall litigation strategy. They came to Lighthouse desperately seeking a way to consolidate their overall eDiscovery approach to these matters. 

A Streamlined Solution for Multiple Matters, from Hosting Through Review 

Lighthouse seamlessly integrating all related matters into an advanced document repository. Backed by AI, this repository connected insights across matters and maximized work product reuse. Using this repository as a base, our experts built a sophisticated eDiscovery workflow for all 14 individual matters. Each process in every individual matter—from hosting to document review—was purposefully designed around insights and data from all other related matters. 

The result of this holistic approach was more efficient, consistent, and accurate eDiscovery across every matter—at a much lower cost than could ever have been achieved with a traditional siloed approach. 

Here’s how we did it: 

Faster, More Versatile Migration Capabilities 

With our advanced technology and unique migration expertise, Lighthouse quickly migrated 11M documents from existing databases—including Relativity and non-Relativity—into an advanced AI-backed document repository. At the outset, the team worked closely with the client to understand the scope, types of data, and future needs, so that the migration flowed quickly and efficiently. 

This approach meant that the client only had to process data once, rather than paying for processing and re-processing data with every matter. Individual case teams also immediately reaped the benefit of data and insights from every related matter, including matters that had already been successfully litigated. This helped counsel anticipate issues in their own matters, while re-using review work product for greater efficiency and consistency—ultimately saving costs and improving matter outcomes. 

One Hash for Unprecedented Cross-Matter Deduplication and Efficiency 

Unlike other data storage repositories, the Lighthouse AI-backed repository adds a hash system unique to Lighthouse. This technology normalizes documents before adding a hash value, extending our deduplication power and allowing us to identify all duplicate documents beyond what is possible using traditional deduplication technology. 

Our unique AI hash system also enabled faster insights into opposing party productions. The Lighthouse team used the system to compare newly received productions in one matter against documents previously received in other matters. Where matches were found, any issue coding one case team applied to a document was carried over and applied to new matching documents. This helped facilitate case team collaboration and a consistent legal strategy across matters.  

Broad Bench of Data Experts

Rather than paying separate vendors for expertise in individual matters, in-house counsel and local case teams leaned on Lighthouse’s unified bench of subject matter experts—including ESI processing and hosting, advanced analytics, and review specialists. These experts worked together as a dedicated client service team, providing a uniquely holistic view of the entire array of related matters. However, individual specialists tagged in to perform work only when their expertise was needed, ensuring that the company didn’t rack up expensive invoices for consulting services they didn’t need or use. 

When our experts were called in to help, they were able to identify areas for greater efficiency and cross-matter consistency that would have been impossible if the client had remained with a siloed approach to each matter. For example, before review began, Lighthouse review experts counseled individual case to teams to implement a coding layout for each jurisdiction that facilitated work product reuse and consistency across matters. As new related matters come up, our experts will bring their deep institutional knowledge to continue to drive these types of unique efficiency and consistency gains. 

A Strategic Approach Leads to Faster Reviews and Productions 

Once data was migrated into the document repository, Lighthouse review experts designed one strategic review plan for all 14 matters that lowered costs and maximized data reuse and cross-matter insights. As part of this plan, Lighthouse created one national review database and separate jurisdiction-specific review databases. Then, Lighthouse experts used advanced AI and review technology to isolate a core set of 150K documents within the 11M documents housed in the repository that were most likely to be responsive across all jurisdictions. This core set was published to the national review database and fully reviewed by an experienced Lighthouse review team trained by our review managers to categorize each document for both national and jurisdictional responsiveness. After review, Lighthouse copied this strategic production set to each jurisdictional database. This approach kept hosting costs drastically lower for each individual matter, while providing all local case teams with an immediate first production, well ahead of production deadlines.